Innovation Sprint


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Get Paid To Work With Innovative Companies

Add a Unique Experience To Your Resume 

Expand your professional network

Score $600 for 5 weeks of real-world work experience with an industry leader
Build new products and services to solve real problems
Link up with industry experts, expanding your circle for exciting career opportunities. Get ready to open doors!


Innovation Sprint is the launching ground for your career. In just five weeks, you will experience what it’s like to work in an innovative environment, aiding a leader tackle a complex business problem with a group of diverse students from across campus. Innovation Sprint equips you with transformative tools to create positive change in a business, learn valuable career skills and best of all, expand your network! 

Experience Innovation Sprint


Dive headfirst into a captivating challenge, embracing collaboration to craft a new product or service.


Utilize creativity and curiosity as you explore design thinking, design sprints, and a plethora of innovation tools, technologies, and methodologies.

3 Uncover the secrets of working for a business and gain an exclusive inside perspective into the dynamic world of innovation




Want to read more about past Innovation Sprint experiences? Check out our blog posts here

Session Dates

Fall 2023 programming runs October 16th to November 16th.

Mandatory in-person session times:

Mondays: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesdays: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Fridays: 1-hour meeting (flexible time)

All sessions will take place in Slate Innovation Lab (EB3121)

Program Requirements

Sprint participants can expect to work 6-8 hours per week during the program. 

Participant must complete the 6 week program to receive the $600 funding

Participants must attend all in-person and mentoring session to the receive the $600 funding



Deadline To Apply for Fall Innovation Sprint: October 8, 2023 at Midnight. 

If the Fall Innovation Sprint doesn't work for your school schedule, you can apply for Winter 2024.

Students Innovation Sprint Experience


Past Partner Organizations                                                                       


How Do I Apply?


Apply to the Innovation Sprint program by clicking the “Apply Now Fall 2023” button on the program page.

Complete the application form with the necessary details and confirm your availability for all mandatory sessions. Attendance in all sessions is required to receive the $600 funding. If you have any questions about the application, reach out to Erin Creegan-Dougherty at



Program Manager


Erin Creegan-Dougherty, a Métis entrepreneur and Entreprenurship Development Officer at The Institute, was raised in Calgary, Alberta, surrounded by the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. Her deep love for both nature and cooking fueled her ambition to launch a backcountry food venture. Inspired by family and friends who were successful entrepreneurs, she embraced her Métis heritage and founded Maskwa Backcountry Foods. With a mission to share Métis culture through food, Erin remains dedicated to her passions for the wilderness, her cultural heritage, and cooking, while eagerly pursuing business opportunities on a national and international scale.

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